August 19, 2011

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…
  • Ford Dealers Collaborate for World-Class Consumer Experience
  • Ford Performance Past, Present and Future on Display at Mustang Alley during Annual Woodward Dream Cruise
  • Consumers in Driver's Seat on Ford F-150 EcoBoost Challenge
  • Consumers Drive Ford Focus Electric Simulator, Provide Feedback on New Vehicle In-Dash Displays
  • Ford Electrifies DTE Energy Field Service with Transit Connect Electric Vans
  • Ken Block's Ford H.F.H.V. Fiesta stars in DC's Gymkhana FOUR
  • Ford Sales in Europe Dip in July
  • Fiesta Leads APA with Impressive Sales Growth
  • Outside Voices: (Automotive Discovery) Ford Leads Industry with Most 2011 Ideal Vehicle Awards

 

Announcements
Survey check
Ford Retiree Communications Survey:
We Want to Know What You Think!

As Ford alumni, we welcome your input and would appreciate your support in answering a few brief questions regarding the mass communications the company provides which are available to retirees in the U.S. (i.e. @Ford magazine, @Ford Online, Blue Oval Connect, etc.).

Please note, this survey is about company news communications and about the company in general, NOT about benefits or pension communications.

We plan to use these survey results to continue to improve and fine tune our efforts in communicating with you, our Ford Alumni.

To take the brief online survey, click here or cut and paste this URL into your browser: http://bit.ly/FordRetireeCommunicationSurvey2011.




Global Week of Caring
2011 Ford Global Week of Caring
Ford Global Week of Caring is Sept. 10-18, 2011. Time to check out the new Ford Volunteer Corps website and help create a better world! Join a volunteer project through Model Teams.

Click here to check out the new site and get involved!




Lincoln Event
Lincoln Summer Exclusive Sales Event
Take a smarter look at luxury now during the Lincoln Summer Exclusive Sales Event. In addition to attractive lease rates on Lincoln MKZ, every new Lincoln now comes with a four-year, $0-deductible, complimentary maintenance program.

Select your Lincoln MKZ, recently named "Most Dependable Entry Premium Car" for the second year in a row, by J.D. Power and Associates1 and get standard SYNC®, the in-car connectivity system that responds to voice commands.2

See your local Lincoln Dealer now to take advantage of the Lincoln Summer Exclusive Sales Event. Click here for more information.

Disclaimer:
1The Lincoln MKZ received the lowest number of problems per 100 vehicles amount entry premium cars in proprietary J.D. Power and Associates 2010-2011 Vehicle Dependability StudiesSM. 2011 study based on 43,779 consumer responses measuring problems consumers experienced in the past 12 months with three-year old vehicles (2008 model-year cars and trucks). Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of consumers surveyed October-December 2010. Your experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com
2Driving while distracted can result in loss of vehicle control. Only use mobile phones/MyLincoln Touch/other devices, even with voice commands, when it is safe to do so. Some features may be locked out while the vehicle is in gear.






The Best Place to be Sales Event
The Best Place to be Sales Event
Now is a great time to get behind the wheel of the best-selling brand in America.1

Best-selling because you don't have to sacrifice or compromise. You can get a quality-built Ford car, truck, SUV or CUV and save. Check out Ford Taurus, the most innovative full-size sedan in America.2 Take a look at the available SYNC® with MyFord Touch®,3 which puts 10,000 commands at your fingertips, available in the new 2012 Ford Focus. And, of course, don't forget F-Series pickups, simply the best-selling trucks for 34 years running.

See your local Ford Dealer now to take advantage of the Best Place To Be Sales Event. Click here for more information on this event.

Disclaimer:
1Based on CYTD sales.
2Based on the total number of first-in-class/class-exclusive features. Class is Full- Size Non-Luxury Sedans.
3Driving while distracted can result in loss of vehicle control. To avoid driver distraction, only use mobile phones/MyFord Touch/other devices, even with voice commands, when it is safe to do so. Some features may be locked out while the vehicle is in gear.

 

Special Offers
Each week we will highlight various special offers from a number of outside companies all offering valuable deals exclusive to Ford employees, retirees and contract personnel.

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Top Stories
Ford Dealership
Ford Dealers Collaborate for World-Class Consumer Experience
Engaging customers and encouraging them to be enthusiastic advocates of Ford products and services is the goal of the Consumer Experience Movement, a collaborative effort between Ford and its dealers designed to make the dealership.

Since late 2010, the Ford Consumer Experience team has been working together with 27 dedicated dealers to develop a plan to make Ford and Lincoln dealerships the premier place to buy and service a vehicle.

Professional coaches teach employees how to work together more effectively, and advanced customer service techniques help them understand the emotional side of developing lasting relationships with customers. In June, 120 dealers in the Central and Southeast regions began the Consumer Experience Movement. The program will be available to all dealers in the first quarter of 2012.

To read the full article, click here.

Mustang Alley
Ford Performance Past, Present and Future on Display at Mustang Alley during Annual Woodward Dream Cruise
A wide array of street and racing engines, a huge exhibit of classic and modern Ford-built performance vehicles and race cars, a glimpse at a future EcoBoost® powered performance Focus, and Ford Racing parts installations – done on the spot for Mustang owners – make Ford Motor Company’s 2011 Woodward Dream Cruise display a must-see, high-octane destination.

Scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 20 – rain or shine – the annual Woodward Dream Cruise is the world’s largest one-day classic car event. About 1.5 million visitors and 40,000 antique and classic cars from all over the country are expected to visit the Dream Cruise, which stretches from suburban Detroit north to Pontiac in a celebration of all things automotive.

The Ford display will be located at the intersection of Woodward Avenue and 9 Mile Road in Ferndale, just north of Detroit city limits. Once again, 9 Mile Road will be turned into Mustang Alley. More than 700 classic Mustangs and other Ford-built muscle cars are registered for a classic car show. If the weather cooperates and all cars arrive as scheduled, this year’s event is expected to feature at least one of every type of Mustang model made since the car debuted in April 1964.

The Dream Cruise will also offer spectators a close-up look at the next-generation 2012 Focus ST, the performance version of the all-new Focus five-door that features a 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine making an estimated 247 horsepower, a six-speed manual transmission and race-tuned suspension. The eagerly awaited Focus ST, due next spring, will be the first high-performance compact Ford has offered in the United States since 2004.

To read the full article, click here.

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Ford EcoBoost
Consumers in Driver's Seat on Ford F-150 EcoBoost Challenge; Free Fuel, National Bragging Rights Up for Grabs
The 2011 Ford F-150 EcoBoost® has survived a series of torture tests – racing in the Baja 1000 and towing a maximum 11,300 pounds at high speeds around a NASCAR track for 24 hours straight – and this month, eight truck fans will put the truck to the test in their own communities. Up for grabs: Bragging rights tied to a week-long fuel-efficiency driving challenge, the satisfaction that comes from inspiring community members to give back and, ultimately, two free gasoline giveaway events for the winner’s city.

The challenge went live this week on the EcoBoost Challenge tab on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ford.

The challenge is a way to highlight the capacities of the F-150 EcoBoost – a truck specially engineered to deliver the capability people need and the fuel efficiency they really want. Each driver will represent a city, driving an F-150 EcoBoost truck for one week. The first five days of the challenge involve a real-world fuel efficiency competition, with the average miles per gallon monitored via Ford’s Crew Chief system installed in each truck.

To read the full article, click here.

Focus Electric
Consumers Drive Ford Focus Electric Simulator, Provide Feedback on New Vehicle In-Dash Displays
Potential customers are getting a chance to help develop the final in-dash display for the Ford Focus Electric through the use of a specially designed driving simulator. The driving simulations and feedback are helping Ford engineers make sure the unique extension of the MyFord Touch® interactive display in the Focus Electric is easy to use and meets the needs of potential owners. The new Ford Focus Electric uses the high-tech driver interface to help drivers optimize range and experience the freedom of fuel-free driving.

When stepping into the simulator, a user sees exactly the same information that would appear in the real Ford Focus Electric, including two 4.2-inch full-color LCD screens flanking the speedometer in the center. These screens provide details on battery state of charge, distance to charge point, the corresponding budget and expected range surplus.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Ford News
Ford Transit Connect Electric
Ford Electrifies DTE Energy Field Service with Transit Connect Electric Vans
Detroit Edison President and Chief Operating Officer, Steven Kurmas, presented two out of four recently-purchased Ford Transit Connect Electric vehicles at DTE Energy headquarters in downtown Detroit. With the addition of these four Transit Connect Electrics, DTE Energy continues its effort to expand the company's use of alternative-fuel vehicles. The Transit Connect Electrics will be used by Detroit Edison field crews performing repair and maintenance and operations to electrical lines and other equipment on the electric distribution system.

The Ford Transit Connect Electric, a pure electric-powered version of the award-winning Transit Connect small van, is fitted with a Force Drive battery electric powertrain made by Azure Dynamics, featuring Johnson Controls-Saft’s advanced lithium-ion battery technology. The all-electric, zero-emission vehicle has a target range of up to 50 to 80 miles per full charge, and will be rechargeable using either 240-volt or standard 120-volt outlets.

To read the full article, click here.

Driving Skills For Life Event
Ford Employees' Teen Drivers Learn Safety First at Proving Ground
The sons and daughters of hundreds of Ford employees learned valuable lessons this past weekend about the potential driving dangers during a two-day Ford Driving Skills for Life hands-on driving clinic at Ford's Michigan Proving Grounds.

Ford Driving Skills for Life educated teen drivers in specially-designed driving exercises guided by professional drivers. The exercises focused on the four areas that cause the majority of teen traffic fatalities: distracted driving, space and speed management, hazard recognition and vehicle handling. Ford Driving Skills for Life was created in 2003 in partnership with the Governors Highway Safety Association through the Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services. It is one of the nation's most comprehensive teen driver safety programs.

To read the full article, click here.

Boss 302
Boss Track Attack Days Now Open at Miller Motorsports Park
For new 2012 Mustang Boss 302 owners, the unique chance to take part in a "track attack" is now a reality. As part of a complimentary program offered by Team Mustang and Ford Racing, instructors at the Ford Racing High Performance Driving School at Miller Motorsports Park are offering all new 2012 Mustang Boss 302 owners a chance to learn what their car is capable of over the surface on which it was born – the racetrack.

The Boss Track Attack provides owners with a full immersion into the Boss experience, with driving instruction and extensive track time with professional instructors. The intent is to enable Boss 302 owners to learn just how capable the new car is, and how much fun it can be on one of the country’s greatest tracks. Boss owners need not bring their own cars. Miller Motorsports Park has a fleet of track-ready Boss 302s on hand for this driving experience.

To read the full article, click here.

Gymkhana FOUR
Ken Block’s Ford H.F.H.V. Fiesta stars in DC's Gymkhana FOUR
After starring in the most watched automotive video of 2010, Ken Block and DC’s Gymkhana THREE, Ford Fiesta is back as the reoccurring star in the next chapter of Rally Driver Ken Block’s Gymkhana video series, which debuted on YouTube, (click here to watch).

DC Shoes: Ken Block's Gymkhana FOUR; the Hollywood Megamercial (GYM4) is the latest installment in the series of Block’s popular online videos, and was filmed on the back lots of Universal Studios Hollywood and shows the modified Fiesta doing stunts that only Block can deliver.

Block, Monster World Rally Team driver and DC co-founder, sees the opportunity to push the limits of his car control while maneuvering around a series of cones, slaloms, 180-degree and 360-degree and figure-eight turns and other obstacles, all while utilizing extreme acceleration, braking and drifting, as pretty much the definition of fun.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Global Notes
Ford Oval
Ford Sales in Europe Dip in July
Ford of Europe's sales in its traditional 19 markets fell 4.4 percent to 93,700 in July as overall market demand weakened. Sales of the new Focus and C-MAX continued to be strong, however.

Across all 51 of its European markets, Ford sales fell 0.9 percent to 118,300 in July. For the first seven months of the year, Ford sales in those markets totalled 953,800, up 1.3 percent, boosted by gains in Germany, Russia and Turkey.

Ford's market share in its traditional 19 European markets was 8.3 percent for the first seven months of the year, 0.3 percentage points lower than in the same period 2010. Ford’s market share in July fell 0.2 percentage points to 8.1 percent. Ford was Europe’s second best-selling vehicle brand in July and through the first seven months of 2011.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Oval
Fiesta Leads APA with Impressive Sales Growth in July
Ford Motor Company reported an impressive July performance in Asia Pacific and Africa, fueled by increasing sales of the globally award-winning All-New Fiesta, which continues to attract many new-to-Ford customers throughout most of the region's markets.

Ford recorded strong sales and increased share in APA, most notably in the ASEAN region, which achieved its all-time best monthly performance. The strong July sales helped the APA region continue to drive up significant overall year-to-date sales by 21 percent to 475,539 retail units, compared to the same period in 2010.

Ford Motor China sold 35,235 retail vehicles this July, a one percent increase compared to July 2010. Ford's continued expansion in China was supported by sales of 283,554 retail units from January to July 2011, up 15 percent from the same period last year.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Fiesta
Fiesta Sales Hit 150,000 in China
Chinese drivers continue to show their love for Ford Fiesta. In just two years since launching the vehicle in the market, Ford has sold an outstanding 150,000 Fiestas to excited consumers countrywide.

Fiesta sales in China passed the 150,000-vehicle sales milestone at the end of July, thanks to the continued popularity of the vehicle’s smart, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive features. Contributing to Fiesta's sales success in China is the 2011 model year Fiesta, which hit showrooms in May. This new Fiesta combines technologically advanced upgrades with fashionable looks and class-leading five-star C-NCAP safety standards.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Ka
Ka, New Fiesta and Focus Lead Cesvi Brasil's Visibility Rankings
The Ford Ka, the new Ford Fiesta and Ford Focus took the top ranking in terms of visibility, within their respective segments, according to a ranking published by Cesvi Brazil – Center of Experiments and Road Safety. Cesvi Brazil's study classifies vehicles according to the visibility for the driver – the Visibility Index – in each category, among the top models in the Brazilian market.

Many accidents are related to the lack of visibility, whether it be in the rear of the vehicle or in the vehicle's blind spots. To calculate the vehicle's total visibility, Cesvi Brazil did an arithmetic average of results of three types of visibility: rear, side and front. Vehicles with better visibility had higher scores.

The Ka, with four stars, is the leader in visibility among the domestic compact hatches. The Focus, also with four stars, is one of the leaders in medium-size hatches. The new Fiesta, with 3.5 stars, occupies the top of the compact sedan category.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Dagenham Wind Turbine
New Turbine to Keep Dagenham Diesel Assembly Line 100 Percent Wind-Powered
The assembly line at Ford’s Dagenham Diesel Centre in the U.K. will be fully powered by wind-generated electricity from the end of this month, thanks to the erection of a third turbine. This new addition will double the annual CO2 saving from 2,500 to 5,000 tons per year.

The three turbines on the Dagenham estate convert wind energy into electricity to power production at the DDC. Increased output of the DDC engine assembly line – due to the installation of a new 1.4/1.6-liter Duratorq TDCi diesel engine production line – required the construction of this third turbine in order to remain 100 percent powered by wind-generated electricity. The site’s location on the banks of the River Thames makes it the ideal location to utilize this environmentally-friendly technology.

The two existing wind turbines currently generate 5.92 million kWh of electricity per year – the equivalent of powering 1,794 homes. With the addition of the third turbine, the amount of electricity generated reaches 11.4 million kWh per year – enough to power twice the number of homes. Ground work and foundation construction began in May, and the third turbine is now operational.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Outside Voices
Ford Leads Industry with Most 2011 Ideal Vehicle Awards
(Automotive Discovery) Automotive research and consulting firm AutoPacific has announced the 2011 Ideal Vehicle Awards (IVA) revealing which vehicles most closely match their owners' desires. Seventy-two thousand consumers were surveyed for the IVA's to be based on owner ratings of their new model year cars and trucks. Respondents rated 15 key vehicle features from power and acceleration to interior roominess. To read the full article, click here.

Mulally to Wave Green Flag for NSC Pure Michigan 400
(Ford Racing) Ford Motor Company's President and CEO Alan Mulally will wave the green flag as honorary starter for Sunday's Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway. To read the full article, click here.

GM to Build Volt-Based Luxury Cadillac EV
(Reuters) General Motors confirmed it will build a luxury electric car based on the technology used in its Volt plug-in hybrid for Cadillac as the automaker also studies plans for an all-electric small car for its mainstream Chevrolet brand.To read the full article, click here.

Toyota Shifts to Hatchback-Only Version of Yaris, Dumps Sedan
(Bloomberg) Toyota said it will sell its new subcompact Yaris only as a hatchback to U.S. drivers, dropping the slower-selling sedan version, as Asia's largest automaker releases new models to regain lost sales. To read the full article, click here.

Chrysler's New U.S. Sales Chief to Try to Repeat Canada Record
(Bloomberg) Chrysler Group LLC’s new head of U.S. sales will try to duplicate the gains he made for the automaker in Canada, where it’s almost tied for the No. 2 seller of vehicles and has already exceeded market-share targets set for 2014. To read the full article, click here.

Chevrolet Volt Prospects are Starting to Lose Interest
(USA Today) Sure, buyers start losing interest in any new model after the initial hoopla dies down and ad dollars dry up, but there's trouble on the horizon for the Chevrolet Volt, the electric wonder car. Interest in buying the $39,995 plug-in car is starting to taper off, not only among "early adopters" but among lots of other buyers, as well, reports CNW Marketing Research, which tracks such things. To read the full article, click here.

Chevy's 100: Iconic Brand Leaves Pop culture Imprint
(Detroit News) In the 100 years that Chevrolets have roamed U.S. roads and byways, the car has been portrayed in movies, TV and music as the modest, everyman vehicle that anyone could afford. But in pop culture, its racier models were usually signifiers of reckless speed, eternal youth and a persistent raffishness. To read the full article, click here.

Goodyear Developing Self-Inflating Tires
(USA Today) Goodyear has come up with an novel invention that it is announcing this week: self-inflating tires. The tires have an inflation device inside each of them that would keep track of their inflation and add air as necessary. To read the full article, click here.

Study Finds Customer Satisfaction up Slightly
(AutoWeek) U.S. customer satisfaction with vehicles industrywide has increased slightly, fueled by gains among Asian and European automakers, according to an annual report released by the American Customer Satisfaction Index on Tuesday. To read the full article, click here.

Kelley Blue Book Says Used-Car Prices Are Expected to Remain High for Years
(The New York Times) With used-car prices at historic highs, customers hoping for those prices to decline may have to wait years for a reprieve. Prices for used cars are likely to stay high for the next two to three years, according to a report released Thursday by Kelley Blue Book, which tracks new- and used-car prices. To read the full article, click here.

 

FERA
FERA Logo
Ford Employees Recreation Association (FERA)

Location:
Lower Mezzanine of Ford World Headquarters Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Ford Conference Event Center Wednesday (on Village Road across from The Henry Ford)

Desk hours:
10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Club Information:
Find a club that's right for you we have 45 Clubs!
If you don't find what you are looking for we can help you organize one!

Fun and Travel FERA Discounts:
Cedar Point Tickets - $38
Kings Island Tickets - $30
Golf Michigan Play Books - $10
2011 Entertainment Books - $25
Travel Cruises and Resorts

For more FERA information, click to http://www.fera.org/.

 

Directory
Directory Information Now Online
Phone numbers and email addresses for important Ford Motor Company contacts can now be found on @Ford Online at: http://www.at.ford.com/B2B/Pages/Directory2.aspx.

For benefit questions, please contact the NESC at 1-800-248-4444 or email NESC@ford.com.

 

Retiree Club Info
Click here to check out the @Ford Online listing of known Retiree Clubs and Groups.

Atlanta Salaried Retirees
Second Tuesday in September (Milton, Ga.)
The next general membership meeting will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 13, at the Ford Regional Office (13010 Morris Rd. Corporate Center One Ste. 500) from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. If you would like further information about the meetings or the Ford Metro Atlanta Salaried Retirees Club, please contact Bob Loovis at COUNTRYCOVEFARM@comcast.net.

Automatic Transmission Product Design & Engineering Retiree Breakfast Club
Second Wednesday of Every Month (Northville, Mich.)

The group meets at 9 a.m. for breakfast at Senate Coney Island off Haggerty Road just south of 6 Mile Road on the west side of the street (39430 Dun Rovin Drive). For additional information, contact Mike Carlin at OLDSEADOG@wowway.com.

Building "H" Club – Michigan Information Technology Systems Retirees
Second Thursday of Every Month (Dearborn, Mich.)

The club meets at 11:30 a.m. at Building H on Michigan Avenue. For more information, call 313-402-0044 or e-mail FLCOTE@aol.com.

Buffalo Stamping Salaried Retirees
Every First Monday in the Month (Buffalo, N.Y.)

The Buffalo Stamping Salaried Retirees group meets the first Monday of each month at 12 p.m. If the first Monday is a holiday, the group meets the second Monday instead. The group meets for lunch at Danny's Restaurant (4300 Abbott Road) at the corner of Route 20A and Abbott Road. For more information, contact Bob Mueller at MKZMUELLER@verizon.net.

Canadian Ford Alumni
Third Wednesday of Every Month (Oakville, Ontario, Canada)

The Ford Alumni is made up of retirees from Ford of Canada's Sales, Marketing, Parts, Service and Central staffs. Breaking Ford news is provided electronically to members and we have a luncheon on the third Wednesday of each month. For more information, please contact Bob Rideout at BRIDEOUT@sympatico.ca.

Chicago Stamping Plant Retiree Reunion (Lexington, Tenn.)
The Chicago Stamping Reunion is held annually the weekend before Labor Day (Aug. 26-28) at the Pin Oak Lodge inside Natchez Trace State Park (24845 Natchez Trace Rd.). For more information, contact Marvin Huffstutler at 618-841-4764 or Ace Dempsay at 931-520-0427 or e-mail at ADEMPSAY@frontiernet.net.

Chicago Stamping Plant Salaried Retiree Club
Twice a Year (June, Dec) (Schererville, Ind.)

The group meets twice a year at Tiebel's (U.S. 30 & Hwy. 41). Spouses are welcome. For more information, contact Ray Schmelzer at RAYTIREE@aol.com.

Cincinnati Transmission Plants Salaried Retirees Club
Fourth Wednesday of Every Month (Cincinnati, Ohio)

The Ford Batavia and Sharonville Transmission Plants Salaried Retirees and guests meet each month on the fourth Wednesday at noon for lunch at various locations. Although the group consists mostly of salaried retirees, all are welcome. The group has two picnics per year in May and September. For more information, monthly notices and reminders, please contact Richard Holthaus at HOLTHAUSRA@earthlink.net or call 513-825-0494.

Cleveland Engine and Casting Plants Salaried Retiree Club (North Olmsted, Ohio)
If you would like to join the Cleveland Engine and Casting Plants Salaried Retiree Club, it is $15 a year, which can be made payable to the Ford Retiree Club (P.O. Box 566, North Olmsted, OH 44070). It is $10 for surviving spouses and retirees over the age of 80. For more information, please contact Mary Kay Dessoffy at FORDRETIREES@yahoo.com.

Dearborn Assembly Plant Retirees
Third Wednesday of Every Month (Livonia, Mich.)

Dearborn Assembly Plant retirees and guests meet each month at Richard's Family Restaurant (39305 Plymouth Road). The group meets at 12:30 p.m. for lunch from the restaurant's menu and followed by announcements, jokes, camaraderie, and so forth. All Ford retirees from the area are welcomed to join us. For additional information, contact Rose at ROZLAF@aol.com.

Dearborn Assembly Retiree Breakfast Club
First Monday of Every Month (Dearborn, Mich.)

The Dearborn Assembly Plant Retiree Breakfast Club meets at 9 a.m. at the Big Boy Restaurant (13001 Michigan Avenue at Miller Road) the first Monday of every month. Everyone is welcome. For more information, contact Henry Russell Jr. at HRARJR@yahoo.com.

Dearborn Engine & Fuel Tank Retirees
First Thursday of Every Month (Westland, Mich.)

The Dearborn Engine and Fuel Tank Retirees luncheon will be held at Fire Mountain Restaurant (34615 Warren Rd.) at 11 a.m. For more information, contact Hazel Parker-Fuller at HJFULLER@ameritech.net or call 313-310-3537.

Dearborn Frame Plant Retirees (Southfield, Mich.)
Second Tuesday of Every Month

The group meets for breakfast and networking at L George's (26799 Greenfield Rd). For more information, contact Sandra Hutson at SKHUTSON@sbcglobal.net.

Field Accounting Department (F.A.D.)
Second Thursday of Every Other Month (Livonia, Mich.)

The F.A.D. retiree group meets on the odd months of the year on Jan., March, May, July, Sept. and Nov. We meet at G. Subo's Leather Bottle Restaurant (20300 Farmington Rd.) For more information, contact Bob Briolat at REBRIOLAT@aol.com. Spouses are always welcome.

Ford 5R55 Automatic Transmission Systems Design Retirees Group
Third Wednesday of Every Month (Livonia, Mich.)

The retiree group meets at Richard's Restaurant (39305 Plymouth Road) at 10 a.m. All are welcome to join us. For more information, contact Jeff Ebersole at EBERSOLE.JEFF@gmail.com.

Ford Air Transportation Office Retirees
First Thursday of Every Month (Taylor, Mich.)

Ford Air Transportation Office retirees meet once a month at noon for lunch at the Lakes of Taylor Restaurant (25505 Northline Road). For more information, contact Pauline Smart Bozyk at PSMARTY@att.net.

Ford Body & Assembly Operations/Vehicle Operations Salaried Retiree Luncheon
Twice a Year (May, Oct.) (Westland, Mich.)

The group meets twice a year for a luncheon get-together. Guests are welcome. For more information, contact Pat Heavener at PHEAVENER@mi.rr.com.

Ford of Canada Ladies' Retirees Group
Second Wednesday of Every Month (Oakville, Ontario, Canada)

The Ladies' Retirees group consists of all FOC Ladies retired from Head Office in Oakville, Regional Offices, Oakville Assembly Plant, and Bramalea Parts Distribution Centre. The Ladies meet at Trattoria Tamone Restaurant in Oakville. For more information, please contact Judy Killeavy at MKILLEAV@sympatico.ca.

Ford Chassis Retirees Breakfast (Livonia, Mich.)
First Monday of Every Month

The group (OLD Bldg #5 Chassis Designers, Checkers, Detailers, CAD retirees) meets at Big Boy's (37123 6 Mile Road) at 9 a.m. For more information, contact Vince Asta at VASTA1955@att.net.

Ford Dearborn Engine & Fuel Tank Retirees
First Thursday of Every Month (Taylor, Mich.)

Dearborn Engine & Fuel Tank retirees and guests meet the first Thursday of the month at the Fire Mountain Restaurant (14691 Huron), starting at 11 a.m. For more information, contact Hazel Fuller at HJFULLER@ameritech.net.

Ford FCSD Retiree Lunch Club-GB
First Wednesday of the Month (Mar, June, Sept and Dec) (Essex, U.K.)

The next general meeting will be held the first Wednesday of March, June, September & December with a location that is to be announced locally. Informal meetings last for three hours and comprise of discussions on various topics such as an assortment of Ford issues, new products, product issues and shares along with a lunch that follows. If you would like further information about the meetings or the Ford FCSD Retiree Lunch Club-GB, please contact Dennis Gull at DENNIS@GULL1619.freeserve.co.uk.

Ford Glass UAW Local 737 Retirees
Fourth Tuesday of Every Month (except Dec.) (Nashville, Tenn.)

Ford Glass UAW Local 737 retirees meet each month at 10 a.m. Business is discussed and problems are approached. The group has guest speakers, as well as guest representatives to help keep retirees informed. There also is a Retiree Banquet in October of each year. A very large gathering of old friends and a great time. All retirees of the UAW-FORD in the area are invited and welcome. For more information, contact Bill Fry at BFRY10@aol.com.

Ford Human Resources Retiree Group
Third Wednesday of Every Month (Detroit Area)

The Human Resources Retiree Group meets monthly. For more information, contact Don Hayes at DNLDHAYES@aol.com.

Ford Old Timers Club
Twice a Year (May, Sept.) (Dearborn, Mich.)

The Ford Old Timers Club meets twice a year for a mid-May Luncheon and a mid-September Fall Dinner at Park Place Catering (23400 Park St.) A guest speaker, usually a Ford executive, attends to discuss a special subject of interest at that time. Most recent speakers were Alan Mulally, Mark Fields, Peter Horbury and Greg C. Smith. Any Ford retiree and his/her spouse are welcome at any time. If you would like further information about the meetings or the Ford Old Timers Club, please contact Donald J. Van Kirk, president, at 1-313-563-0029 or D_VANKIRK@comcast.net .

Ford Pensionaerverein Saarlouis e.V.
Every Thursday of Every Week (Saarlouis, Germany)

The Ford Pensionaerverein Saarlouis e.V. club meets every Thursday of every week at the Lachwaldschenke, Saarwellingen at 14 clock for walking, depending on the weather. In addition, we take day trips and multi-day trips. If you would like further information about this club, please contact Manfred Hager at MHAGER1@web.de.

Ford PRC
First Monday of Every Month (Taylor, Mich.)

Ford PRC meets the first Monday of every month at 8:30 a.m. at Little Daddy's (22250 Eureka Rd.) If you would like further information about the event, please contact Charlie Pickins at CPICKENS4946@att.net.

Ford Retired Workers Chapter 906 of Mahwah, N.J.
Second Thursday of Every Month (Mahwah, N.J.)

Meetings are held at 10:00 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church (900 Darlington Avenue). Coffee and buns will be served before the meeting for the convenience of our members. As always, we will have all of our Benefit Representatives; medical; hearing; dental and vision. There are no meetings during the months of July or August. All retired workers, spouses and surviving spouses are welcome. For more information, contact Mike DiMilta at MIKIE426@gmail.com.

Ford Retirees Club of The Villages Florida
Third Thursday of the Month (The Villages, Fla.)

The Ford Retirees Club of the Villages Florida has been formed and are meeting at 10:30 a.m. at Laurel Manor Recreational Center in the Monroe Room (1895 Laurel Manor Drive). There will be no meetings the months of June, July and August. For more information, contact Weldon Gorlich at WGORLICH@comcast.net or 1-352-753-1950 or Richard Hitz at DICKHITZ@comcast.net or 1-352-259-2635.

Ford Rouge Plant Railroad Operations Retiree Group
Last Tuesday of the Month (Dearborn, Mich.)

The Ford Rouge Plant Railroad Operations Retiree Group meets at Leon's Restaurant (23830 Michigan Ave.) at 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ford Rouge Plant Transportation Services retirees also are welcome. For more information, contact Frank Evanko at FEVANKO123@comcast.net.

Ford Rouge Transportation Retirees
First Wednesday of Every Month (Woodhaven, Mich.)

The Ford Rouge Transportation retirees meet each month for breakfast at Louie's Restaurant (I-75 and West Road) at 9 a.m. The group has been meeting since 1999. The gatherings are well attended with good conversation and discussions on the future of Ford and the auto industry. For more information, contact Leo R. (Dick) Esper at DMESPER@chartermi.net.

Ford Salaried Retirees Association
First and Third Thursday of Every Month (Oakville, Ontario, Canada)

The Ford Salaried Retirees Association meet at the Quality Inn (754 Bronte Rd., Oakville, Ontario) in the Hampton Room. Additionally, all members receive our 9th Line newsletter. Each year, two golf tournaments take place along with an annual picnic in August. We pride ourselves on staying in contact with retirees from coast to coast. For more information, please contact Irene Saunders at ISAUNDERS@sympatico.ca.

Ford Salaried Retirees Club – Louisville Kentucky
Twice a Year (Location TBA)
The club represents both Louisville Assembly plants and is involved in Dare to Care (food distribution), golf leagues and Race Day's at Churchill Downs. We have two annual luncheons. For more information, contact President Ken Jones at KEN.POPPY@insightbb.com.

Ford Technical Illustration and Graphics Retirees – EEE, Bldg. 3, FMCC, WHQ (Northville, Mich.)
First Monday of Every Month

The group meets for lunch at 11:30 a.m. at George's Senate Coney Island Restaurant (39430 Dun Rovin Drive – first traffic light south of Six Mile Rd., on Haggerty Rd.). For more information, please contact Grant Beard at GBEARD3741@aol.com.

Ford Tool and Die Skilled Trades Retirees
First Wednesday of the Month (Mar, June, Sept and Dec) (Dearborn, Mich.)

Ford Tool and Die Skilled Trades Retirees meet at 10 a.m. at Local 600 (10550 Dix Avenue), with coffee and donuts served at 9:30 a.m. Ladies always welcome. For more information, contact Bud Lusk at BVLTAL@aol.com.

Frame Plant Survivors Salaried Retirees
Third Wednesday of Every Month (Dearborn, Mich.)

The Frame Plant Survivors Salaried Retirees meet at 11 a.m. at the Dearborn Hills Golf Course (1300 S. Telegraph Road). For more information, contact Bob Grodus at 248-682-0422 or RGRODUS@aol.com.

FRAW (Ford Rawsonville Area Women) Retirees
First Thursday of Every Month (Ypsilanti, Mich.)

The retiree group is comprised of females that formerly worked at the Rawsonville Plant. The group meets at Haab's Restaurant (18 West Michigan Ave.) at 1 p.m. If anyone would like to be included on the group's mailing list or is interested in more information, please contact Rhonda Colthorp at RHONDACOLTHORP@gmail.com.

Indianapolis Ford Retirees
First Monday of Every Month (Indianapolis, Ind.)

The Indianapolis retirees meet the first Monday of each month with the exception of September which will be on the Sept. 14 this year due to the Labor Day holiday. For more information, contact Joe Hendricks at JOE_HENDRICKS_742@comcast.net.

Kansas City Ford Salaried Retiree Club
Fourth Wednesday of the Month (Mar, May and Sep) (Kansas City, Mo.)
The next Kansas City Ford Salaried Retiree Club luncheon will be at Finnigan's Hall (503 East 18th Avenue) on Sept. 28. If you are a salaried retired Ford employee and have an interest in joining old friends, fellow co-workers and colleagues, please contact us and RSVP. Spouses of deceased members are welcome. So please continue to come to the lunches. For additional information, please contact Frank Scott by e-mail at RUDY3207@hotmail.com. Our annual Christmas Party will not be held in December this year. We will have it on Oct. 29 on the Plaza at the Marriot Hotel. Details to follow soon.

Local 723 Retirees
Fourth Thursday of Every Month (Monroe, Mich.)

The Local 723 Retirees meet at the Local 723 Union Hall (281 Detroit Ave.) at 1:00 PM. Come and meet old friends, make new friends, and learn what is going on. A benefit Rep will be on hand if you have benefit questions. Spouses are welcome. From time to time there will be guest speakers. A catered meal for your pleasure will be provided at a cost of $5.00 per person. Please call 734-241-6320 to RSVP on the Monday before the meeting. For additional information, please contact Robert S. Cebina (president) by e-mail at RCEBINA@comcast.net or call 734-241-6320.

Lorain Local 425 Retirees
Third Thursday of Every Month (Lorain, Ohio)

The Local 425 Retirees meet at the Union Hall (5300 Baumhart Rd.) at 9:30 a.m. Activities include guest speakers and members doing all kinds of trips. Come meet old friends. Spouses are always welcome to attend. For more information, contact George at WALKER4471@yahoo.com.

Manatee-Sarasota County Florida, Ford Retirees
Second Tuesday of Every Month (Bradenton, Fla.)

The Manatee-Sarasota County Ford Retirees next meeting will be at 10 a.m. on April 12 at Sarasota Ford (707 South Washington Blvd.) This will be the last meeting until Fall comes around. For more information, contact Den Ras at DRAS22@msn.com or Tony Ridley at RIDLEYS@comcast.net.

Maumee Ford Retirees
Second Tuesday of Every Month (Maumee, Ohio)

The Maumee Ford Retirees meet at the Region 2B Union Hall (1691 Woodlands Dr.) at 10 a.m. For more information, contact BBIRR@bex.net or 1892UAWRETIREES@gmail.com.

Nebraska – Iowa Ford Retirees (Omaha, Neb.)
Wednesdays Every Week

NIFTY (NE.-IA. Ford Together Yet) retirees and guests meet at 9 a.m. at the Summer Kitchen (130th West Maple Road). The group orders from the menu and they share fun, camaraderie and information. For more info, contact Claudia Preddy at CLAUDIAEPWORTH@cox.net.

Norfolk Ford Assembly Plant Retirees
First Monday of Every Month (Chesapeake, Va.)

The Norfolk Assembly Plant Retirees meet at Shoney's (721 Battlefield Blvd. N) starting at 7 a.m. All Ford Motor Company retirees and former employees in the area are welcome. For more information, contact Theron Koon at TEKOON@cox.net.

PDC/Body Engineering Illustration Retirees
First and Third Tuesday of Every Month (Canton, Mich.)

PDC/Body Engineering Illustration Retirees meet twice a month at the 4 Friends Bar & Grill (44282 Warren Road; on the North side of Warren Road nestled in a small strip mall just east of Sheldon Road) at 1 p.m. The group mainly consists of illustrators who produced manuals that instructed assembly plants how to assemble Ford car and trucks. Anyone who ever had dealings with our unique artistic provisions etc. are more than welcomed to join the group and enjoy stepping on a path down memory lane! For more information please contact Al McDonald at COOKY015@earthlink.net.

Plant Engineering Office Retirees
Second Tuesday of Every Month (Livonia, Mich.)

The Plant Engineering Office retirees meet at 11:30 a.m. for lunch at the Elks Lodge (31117 Plymouth Road). All retirees, associates and friends are invited to attend. This group has been in existence since 1993. For more information, contact Russ Van Zanten at 734-728-7308 or RUSS514@comcast.net.

Product Development, Body Design and Engineering Retirees
First Wednesday of Every Month (Dearborn Heights, Mich.)
The group meets at 11 a.m. at Stephan's Banquet Hall (23900 W. Warren Ave.; NE corner of Warren and Telegraph Road). For more information, contact Jim White at JWHITE13453@gmail.com.

Research Laboratory Retiree Brunch Club
First Monday of Every Month (Ann Arbor, Mich.)

The group meets at 10 a.m. for brunch at Flim Flam (2707 Plymouth Rd). For additional information please contact Mohammad Haghgooie at RAMMGB@sbcglobal.net.

Rouge Office Building Retired Cafeteria Workers
Twice a Year (Allen Park, Mich.)

This group meets twice a year. The next meeting will be held at Gracie See Pizzeria ∓ Sports Lounge (6889 Greenfield) at 6 p.m. on April 6. For more information, contact Judy Hernandez at JUDY42KAY@yahoo.com.

St. Louis Assembly Plant Salaried Retiree Club
Fourth Monday of Every Even Numbered Month (Old Florrisant, Mo.)

This group meets every fourth Monday of even numbered months (Feb, Apr, June, etc.). The picnic meeting in June includes picnic style food and games, while the December meeting will have a special lunch, live entertainment and Christmas center pieces to be given away. Meetings are held at the VFW Hall (410 Saint Francois St.) at 11 a.m. For more information, contact Doug Kalusniak at DOUGLYNN1@gmail.com.

UAW Eastern Carolina Retirees
Second Wednesday of Every Month (Little River, S.C.)

The UAW Eastern Carolina Retiree Council invites retirees to join them for a monthly meeting at the Little River S.C. V.F.W. Hall (111 Highway 57 North). For more information, contact Bob Artus at 803-481-3622.

UAW Local 1219 Retirees
First Tuesday of Every Month (Except Jan, Feb, July & Aug.) (Lima, OH.)

The group meets at 12 p.m. for lunch at our UAW Local 1219 Park (1750 Bible Road). Our Retirees bring in a covered dish/desert. Drinks and a meat are furnished. Meetings start at 1 p.m. and are very informative and all UAW Local 1219 Retirees are encouraged to attend. For additional information, contact Leonard Staley at 1219NEWS@gmail.com.

UAW Local 1895 Retirees Meeting and Luncheon
Third Thursday of Every Month (Except June, July, Aug. & Dec.) (Broken Arrow, Okla.)

The group meets at 10:30 a.m. at the U.A.W. Local 1895 Union Hall (2001 West Detroit). The business meeting starts at 10:30 a.m. and the luncheon starts at 11 a.m. with main course and drinks provided. Please bring a covered dish. A guest speaker and a benefits representative are present each month. For additional information, contact Liz McGhee, Retiree Chairperson, at MCGHEEE61@yahoo.com or 1-918-638-0191 or Wade McCaleb, Financial Secretary – Treasurer, at . MCCALEB@uaw1895.com or 1-918-251-2900.

USA Ford UAW Local 600
Every Fourth Sunday in the Month (Dearborn, Mich.)

This group meets at 10 a.m. every fourth Sunday of the month at the Local Hall (10550 Dix Avenue). Coffee and doughnuts are always available, and two televisions are raffled off at each meeting. For more information, contact Rudy Nelson at RETIREES600@yahoo.com .

Van Dyke Plant Retiree Luncheon Club (Sterling Heights, Mich.)
First Tuesday of Every Month

The group meets for its monthly luncheon at noon at various local eateries. Although the group consists of mostly salaried retirees, all are welcome. For more information, monthly notices and reminders, contact Allan Yee at ALLAN.YEE@att.net.

 


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